Winter and the presence of God

A gray ooze has devoured the horizon and wrapped the sky in a damp, claustrophobic dreariness. The sun has been swallowed up; beneath a tinplate damp life shivers, slapping arms and stamping feet to stay warm. A monochromatic twilight robs the desert of its color, while an icy wind rips the last few ... Continue reading

Signs of change

A week ago — two at most — I was sweltering in my office as the temperatures outside pushed 90F. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, fall finally arrived here in the desert southwest, much to our relief. Today is one of those gray, overcast days common in other parts of the country and so rare here. The ... Continue reading

Winter memories

I remember waking up on certain winter mornings, my face peeking into the cold while the rest of me snuggled comfortably beneath a pile of blankets, my brain resisting consciousness and the inevitable beginning of a new day. I could often predict the weather by the color of the dawn light filtering ... Continue reading

In praise of tilt

June 21 was the summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. In celebration, jubilant physics students from across the globe went to Stonehenge, beating drums and casting about flowers, singing, chanting and leaping for joy, all in praise of tilt. I know their teachers ... Continue reading